Saturday, April 23, 2016

Paletas @ Paleteria y Neveria la Mixteca - Madera, CA

Paleteria y Neveria la Mixteca
1100 N. D Street
Madera, CA 93638 

I had my first paleta (Mexican popsicle) years ago, but I just never found a conveniently located paleta place since I tried La Reina de Michoacán in Fresno. I found a delicious Mexican paleta and ice cream place in Madera and am tempted to go there all the time. I've been there twice now and wanted to share the information so you can try it too! I want to try other things like ice cream and snow cones. Yum! I highly recommend this place, especially since they make their own ice cream!

Here's their vainilla con fresa (vanilla with strawberry), which is sooo good. The white part tastes like a sweet rich cream or milk (some recipes call for coconut milk), and obviously those are sliced strawberries! This makes me want to try making these with pieces of different things in it like fresh fruit and Oreos.








Here is their leche qumada (burned milk... AKA caramelized milk...just like those cajeta candies and those obleas con cajeta de leche I posted about before). SO GOOD!!!


Other flavors to try... One of their friendly employees said their most popular flavors are lemon, walnut, and something I don't remember at the moment.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Apple Pancake from Richard Walker's Pancake House - San Diego, CA

Richard Walker's Pancake House
Website here (Several locations)

I was in San Diego in January with my now in-laws :) and happened to eat at this pancake place. I'd never heard about it before, but apparently they're known for their made-to-order baked pancakes. My bro-in-law mentioned that their apple pancake looked good and suggested that I try it. Of course I ordered it. Their website describes the pancake with this description: "Fresh Granny Smith apples and pure imported cinnamon glaze." I was worried it might be too sweet, but I imagined a delicious Dutch baby smothered in apples and cinnamon and just had to try it. I'm so glad I did because it was SO delicious. I'd love to try their other baked pancakes. I want to try making this too. Dutch babies aren't too difficult...so hopefully adding some cinnamon and apples wouldn't be too challenging. Now my mouth is watering!
 
I promise it only looks like a baked chicken. lol It tastes like APPLE PANCAKE HEAVEN!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Copycat Starbucks Petite Vanilla Bean Scones


Starbucks has some delicious vanilla bean scones, but they're pretty expensive. Now that I've found this copycat recipe, I can just make them from home, and they're not too difficult. 

Copycat Starbucks Petite Vanilla Bean Scone
Author: HERE)
SCONES
  • 2½ cup flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cold butter, cubed
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • ½ vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
GLAZE
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 6-7 tbsp Heavy Cream
  • ½ Vanilla Bean, scraped
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder & salt. Whisk or pulse in a food processor to mix.
  4. Add butter and cut in with a pastry cutter or pulse in food processor until it looks like cornmeal texture.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together cream, egg, vanilla scraping & extract.
  6. Add liquid to flour mixture & pulse until just combined or stir by hand until dough forms a ball.
  7. Put the dough onto a floured surface & knead briefly until dough comes together.
  8. Roll out dough to about ½" thickness.
  9. Cut dough into 8 rectangles or squares. Then cut each or this on one diagonal and then on the other, creating 32 petite scones.
  10. Place on baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes (or until edges begin to look golden brown).
  11. Transfer scones to a cooling rack to cool completely.
  12. Whisk together glaze ingredients, adding cream one tablespoon at a time to achieve desired thickness. Dip cooled scones in glaze & place back onto cooling rack to harden.


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Lavender Fest 2015 - Cherry Valley, CA

I'm not a huge fan of the taste or smell of lavender, but it looks beautiful, and this festival had delicious food with and without lavender. I love festivals like this, and I was about to leave Southern California so really wanted to go to this with Catherine and Josh!

Check out the official Lavender Fest website

Bought this for a friend. She enjoyed it!

Cute little things to buy, including lots of lavender products.
Vanilla bean lemonade
Vanilla bean specks at the bottom of my lemonade




Not bad...but I think the cheese was a little weird if I remember correctly.

 
I don't know this couple; I just happened to take this while they were taking a picture. lol

Local peach crisp - DELICIOUS!